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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Cleveland State University's Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree is offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. This program represents the engineering component of the cross-disciplinary, environmental academic studies program at our university.

Although this program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in engineering, non-engineering graduates also can take advantage of this course of study. Students may elect a thesis or non-thesis option.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
Phone: 216.687.2569

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • GRE Test Scores
    • The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

    • The undergraduate degree was not in environmental, civil, or chemical engineering.

    • An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
    • The student's undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75.
    • The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate
      Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, with program approval, if the applicant's undergraduate grade-point average is 3.0 or above.
      • If the GRE is required, a minimum score at the 50th percentile on the Quantitative section is typically required.

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - May 15th
    • Spring Semester - October 15th
    • Summer Semester - March 15th


Program Requirements

  • Transition courses prepare incoming students, who do not have a background in engineering, for the graduate program. The requirements are presented below. Courses previously completed—and to some extent the applicant’s professional experience—are compared to the content of the transition courses. Based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic and professional background, the specific courses required to satisfy the Transition curriculum are determined. Transition courses do not count toward the degree.

A non-degree graduate student may take up to three courses in the MS program, provided that all prerequisites are satisfied, while taking the Transition courses.

Transition Curriculum Science Requirements

  • One year of chemistry (CHM 261/266 and CHM 262/267*)
  • One year of physics (PHY 241/242*)

Mathematics Requirements

  • One year of calculus (MTH 181 and MTH 182*)
  • Statistics (ESC 310*)
  • Differential equations (ESC 250*)
  • Linear algebra (ESC 350*)

Engineering Requirements

  • Statics (ESC 201*)
  • Fluid mechanics (ESC 301*) Thermodynamics (ESC 321*)
  • Hydraulics (CVE 361*)



  • EVS 506 - Ecosystem Science 


  • PHY 570 - Environmental Physics


  • LAW 671 - Environmental Law


  • UST 652 - Environmental Policy and Administration

Technical Writing

  • ENG 509 - Technical Writing

  • EVE 534 - Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • EVE 570 - Environmental Chemistry
  • EVE 572 - Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • EVE 595 - Environmental Seminar
  • EVE 671 - Physical and Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering


Non-thesis students are required to take two elective courses from the list below:

  • EVE 533 - Pollution Prevention and Sustainability
  • EVE 540 - Soil Stabilization and Decontamination
  • EVE 574 - Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • EVE 575 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • EVE 576 - Environmental and Occupational Health Engineering
  • EVE 578 - Water Treatment Plant Design
  • EVE 579 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • EVE 581 - Air Pollution and Abatement
  • EVE 585 - Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
Did You Know?

The median annual wage for environmental engineers was $87,620 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Haley & Aldrich, Wade Trim, Jacobs, Aecom, Harrison Consulting Services, and Intertek.